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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007)
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Photo of chiefydawg
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle more clear than expected, with a bourbon color. Thin but dense and creamy light khaki head. Not as much lacing a some other Heavy Seas

Smells of dried fruit, molasses, and maybe some oak-aged bourbon.

Tastes of like all that and more. Lot of beer there. The alcohol and malt are apparent even in the early sips. Nice and warming on a night of (Holy Sheet) sleet such as this. Definitely a 'Jack Daniels' quality as the liquid warms. A fresh doughy maltiness with powdered sugar sneaks in and tries in vain to keep up with the alcohol. Fermented fruitcake?

Although it is medium bodied, it packs a wallop. Great sipper for a nightcap or a fireside chat. If I would accompany food, it would be with smoked salmon or hot pepper cheese. Smooth for its strength.

chiefydawg, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, buy before date of July/08

A: Pours a deep brown/mahogany under a small slightly off white head. A bit of retention and no lace.

S: Smells a yeast, bread, some brown sugar, a little bit of raisins and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet throughout, with hints of dark fruit and raisins. A bit of bitterness in the finish, not enough to balance sweetness. Hints of alcohol as well. Slightly herbal. Slightly off, but good.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a little prickly, alcohol is there in taste a little and also a little warming. Drinkability is good. Would have liked some yeast in the bottle at least. Overall, a decent effort at the style.

NCSUdo, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours with a gigantic, five-fingered, full, foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit of time before slowly dissipating and leaving a generous layer of lacing around the top of the glass...
Smell was thick and deep, full of roasted malts, candied sugars, and mollasses...
Taste strongly complmented the aroma, bursting with a powerful suggestion of malts, vanilla,caramel, candied sugars, toffee, yeast, honey, and a noticeable presence of alcohol, which isn't that well-masked...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel filled with thick flavors and a burning essence of alcohol...
Drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and super-thick flavors as well as the noticeable ABV which makes its presence pretty well-known...
Otherwise, not a bad sample from Clipper City...

dsa7783, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma has a light floral character with small caramel malt note and a strong candy background.The candy sweetness hits the tip og your tongue first with that distinctive belgian hop note at the sides of your tongue. The finish starts with a strong malty sweetness rushing down the back of your tongue followed by a light peppery bite at the end.

ybnorml, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of oelergud
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle. Pry off cap. Red neck label with a blurp about the yeast and style. Red label with a crow's nest scene.
Semi transparent deep ruby body topped with a reluctant tan creamy head with interspersed small bubbles. Very little lace.
Sweet caramel nose, dark honey, spice and molasses.
Sweet alcoholic flavor. Some caramel and spice but mostly alcohol. The aftertaste is a hoppy alcoholic sensation.
Medium body with very little coating and a dry finish.
Not my cup of beer. The alcohol has too much presence.


oelergud, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a brilliant clear ruby brown tone forms a thin tan head, carbonation sort of fizzy. Lacing forms thin and sparse with specks scattered sporadically around my pint glass. Aromatics offer tart raisin and apple notes with some candi sugar and caramelized brown sugar like malt tones, very fruity not much spice noted. Flavor comes off with a trace of metallic funk, super sweet border line syrupy sweet with candi sugar coming off in a bad way. Deep fruits of plum and raisin with evident alcohol notes drowning out most of the other flavors, spices are lacking seems like the yeast strain is in house. It sits really heavy with a rather cloying sweetness that takes over and doesn't let any other component truly shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sticky residual sugars hanging around along with carbonation levels that I consider pretty rough especially for what should be a velvety smooth Abbey style ale. Drinkability not a bad 12 pack sampler brew but nothing to grab a whole six of, one and move on maybe this is your style.

WVbeergeek, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark amber color with a two finger tan head that fades to a covering

S - Is of sweet fruity malt with some alcohol coming through

T - Isn't as good as it smells light malt taste with a lot of alcohol getting through

M - This beer has light carbonation with a slight alcohol burn

D - The other Clipper City brews that I've had were way better than this one this could have been a great beer if they could of had more flavor and less alcohol taste in it

armock, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Beautiful, rich looking, clear, dark amber. Modest, ivory colored head. Some legs, no/little lacing.

Aromas of cherries, alcohol, toffee and candi sugar.

Sweet & fruity taste, cherries (sweet & dark). Alcohol, a bit too noticeable -- moves towards a slightly medicinal taste. Slight roast notes, toffee. Herbal finish, nice lingering bitterness.

Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Dry.
Very nice, struck me as a BSDA, which, in fact, it was (I really impress myself sometimes..., yes, this is sarcasm). Not too sweet, nice complexity, only complaint is alcohol is a bit too evident.

, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy Sheet. Nice name.

Pouts a clear and dark brown. Crème head. Nose is candy and slight sugar. Seems one-dimensional. Flavor is super sugar as well. A definite hijacking of the experience. Too much sugar, Slight caramel tone. Not much else going on. Feel is low in carbonation and sticky on the liquid feel. This is one to pass on. Sure there are promising features, but it certainly doesn't come through.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle says purchase before august 2007

Pours a clear dark caramel brown with a small head that quickly dissipates into a nice ring, but no lacing as i drink.

Smell is sweet and boozy.. the only thing that overpowers the boozy smell is the malt.

I wanted to taste some belgian breadiness in the flavor, but all i get is the malt front and finish of astringent alcohol. I can taste all 9% of the alcohol, and if i didnt know it i would say it was more in the 10-12% range.. not well hidden at all. No hops to speak of, just alot of caramel malt. If it didnt say on the bottle that it was belgian i would not have guessed.

Heavy mouthfeel and drying astringent alcohol after swallowing.

Too heavy on the alcohol to be a good session beer. One of these was enough for me. Glad i tried it, but there are way too many good Belgian Strong Ales to revisit this one, even if it were local to me. Cool name though!

tayner, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. I guess people are calling this color mahogany. Looks darkish amber when backlit. Head is okay but doesn't leave any lace and doesn't get all rocky and such--somewhat of a disapointment.

Smell is underwhelming. Dark malts and fruit and some booze in there, not a lot of complexity. Taste is similar, pretty sweet. Personally i am more of a fan of BPA and BSPA as opposed to their darker kin, but I can usually appreciate a really well done dark beer--this one just doesn't seem to make the grade.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick. I would really like a lighter body with some more carbonation. While we are at it, i would like it to be less sweet. Maybe get some yeast with better attenuation. Also, what is this on the label about a layer of yeast. Is this bottle conditioned or not? I didn't see any in the beer. Also, they have a tendency to call their bottles "pounders." At twleve ounces, they are a bit short of a pound. Very confusing overall. While it certainly doesn't hold its own against others of the style, it is an alright beer. I was expecting a lot after loving the category 5 Imperial ESB, but i was disappointed.

wheelinshirt, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of drseamus
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with no head and no visible carbonation. The body is crystal clear. The aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of spice in the background. The flavor is overwhelmingly malty with a bunch of spice. The sweetness is pretty strong initially but fades quickly. It is nice and smooth with good body, but that's really the only good part. Not a beer I'd drink again.

drseamus, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with miniscule white head that quickly falls to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell is heavy on sweet dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins)
Taske is also very sweet, with strong fruit notes and almost some wine-like characteristics.
Finishes has some fruity aspects, but very little taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer, with some strong taste sensations, but the alcohol content limits its drinkability.

tgbljb, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a buoyant head that one would expect from a Belgian style; leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Spice cake and cherry cough syrup

Taste: Starts out with a medicinal, almost cherry cough syrup flavor that is fortunately not overly sweet; after the swallow, some mellowing prune flavors arrive to cut into the first impression but the overall effect is very strange

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy carbonation; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Why they released this beer I will never know as it is a poor facsimile of a BSDA and a mediocre home brewer could have done better; just a mess from a brewer that makes some great beers

brentk56, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this terrible brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a decently nice mahogany color that looked pretty good. But then the smell hit me and that was like soured beer smells the day after it has been in the trash can. The taste was equally sour with a sweetness I just could not stomach. Alcohol taste was way overpowering and too much also. Not buy again.

Minkybut, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only a whisp of a head, on mahogony brown. Dark beer aroma and boozy. Surprisingly high alcohol. A decent beverage though only passable Belg, not very complex consistent with several American trainees of these styles I have had recently. Medium mouthfeel that goes down in a rush. Sweet with caramel. Drying aftertaste. Number 2400.

Sammy, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Big, and not subtle. But it stretches a bit, sugary flavors and alcohol start to overpower everything else. The best overall flavor is in the final throws of the last sip, gentle, warming alcohol, some sugar, some hops in more moderate proportions. Instead of being turned up to 10, this beer should be left at 6. Drop the Uber, keep the rest.

hustlemuscle, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with '07 notch cut into label declaring 9% ABV.

Pours a dark ruby russet yet clear hue, lacking any bubbles rising to the surface topped with a compact frothy khaki headcap leaving slowly dripping lace behind.

Deep spicy caramel nose with nutmeg and cinnamon hints. Lots of cotton candy notes and red apple spice wafer.

First swigs: Spice wafer and lolipop candy sugar and a touch of detectable cinnamon. Fruit aspects of dark cherry and pear with a touch of heat. A husky grain character resounds throughout from start to finish with the cherry.

Feel has a slight cloying sweetness that leaves a lingering doughy dryness aspect. Medium bodied with a cherry 7-Up finish.

Last swigs: A hot Belgian with a dark cherry middle. Seems to have a harsh malt aspect.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with a small splash of dark cherry. The label says there's yeast present, but I got the entire bottle into the glass on one pour and the beer is as clear as a bell. Up top is a pale caramel cap that doesn't look Belgian in the least. It looks okay, though, and coats the glass with a solid (holy) sheet.

The nose is strangely underpowered. If I work at it, I can appreciate dark malt, a glancing blow of dark fruitiness and whiff of alcohol, but that's about it. This Uber Abbey Ale isn't anywhere close to uber so far. My hopes aren't high for abbey-like either.

Although there's much more happening on the palate, this Heavy Seas offering is a poor imitation of a true BSDA or a dubbel or whatever the hell it's supposed to be. It's as if the brewers got the outlines right, but didn't fill them in with the correct colors or textures.

The flavor profile consists of dark caramel, dates, bitter orange, burnt sugar and alcohol. I've only had a few ounces so far and my tongue is already in the beginning stages of numbness. The beer is being consumed during its 'best by' month. My guess is that it would have gone another year at least.

Where's the depth of flavor? Where's the complexity? Where's the warm spiciness of a good Belgian yeast strain? Absent, absent and... well, it is sort of spicy. Time and warming settles things down some and allows the various flavors to get comfortable with one another. Given all that, this is still far from great beer.

The mouthfeel is American strong ale more than Belgian strong ale. In other words, it's full and sticky with a laid back amount of bubbles. If you want a light touch or subtlety of any sort, look elsewhere.

Holy Sheet isn't bad beer by any means. I hate to let stated style influence me too much, but Clipper City opened themselves up by calling this an abbey ale. If I had 'American strong ale' in my head when I popped the cap, I mind have been more kind. Other than Peg Leg, this is my least favorite of the (mostly) excellent Heavy Seas line of beers.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to johnmichaelsen for bringing this all the way from Baltimore for me!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Delirium snifter, Holy Sheet is a dark garnet with a 1 finger bone colored head that fairly quickly subsides to a thick collar and moderate skim, leaving only slight lace.

The aroma is nice, a sticky sweetness but not overwhelming, lots of dark fruit and caramel.

The taste is similarly rich and fruity, semi-sweet but with a nice spice to it. Pretty boozy and phenolic, with a lingering finish. Bring on the hobo breath!

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium light body, but low carbonation makes it a bit syrupy.

This was an pretty average BSDA, although my enthusiasm for the Heavy Sea's line probably adds a bit of bias. The taste is smooth, and the light body makes it an easy drinker, but the booziness keeps you in check. I'm glad I got to try it though, and look forward to seeing if some time in the cellar for my other bottle will turn it into something special. Thanks again John!

ccrida, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the idiot that blithers for a bottle. I have had this on tap & it holds up well in a bottle. Dark amber in color with a boozy smell of malt & sweet. Tastes fairly sweet & malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are affected by a bit of an alcohol burn. About $30/case makes this a bargain in the Philadelphia area.


SkinnyElvis, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-based goblet, Holy Sheet (funny name... I think this might be a joke that has something to do with their head brewer who's of hispanic descent - :) displays a very dark chestnut brown with a burgundy cast and glowing crimson-orange highlights that are reminiscent of some film version of what hellfire might look like. The creamy yellowed head rises up at first but then slumps gently down into a thin surface covering and moderate collar. The retention is good, given the strength, but it only leaves minor spots and splashes of lace behind.

The aroma is rich and bold with lots of dark raisins, dark sugar, dripping dark-red fruit, and spice. Absolutely wonderful!!! Carrying this from the kitchen to the front room I was absolutely engulfed in it. I could sit and enjoy this in and of itself.

The flavor, however, is not nearly as fruity and sweet as the nose suggests. It's much denser, darker, and richer with notes of fig and other dark fruits (cherries, raisins, prunes) that have been dusted with a light coating of demerara sugar and peppered with spice and herbal hops - much more of what you'd expect of the style. There's some mild astringency like the the skin of dark fruits, and the alcohol is present, but in a good way... you should expect it to be there without it standing out on it's own. In this case it's worked in nicely amidst the dark fruit, yeasty spice, and herbal hops. It's remarkably rounded and well-balanced; and quite drinkable in a relaxed, sipping kind of way.

Would I like it sweeter and more fruity as the nose suggests? Well it seems like a good idea at first, but when it actually comes down to drinking it, probably not. But the contrast is a little bit of a speedbump at first sip. Regardless, I think this is a great beer, and right up there with the others in the Heavy Seas line. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, coppery sort of color. Off white head. Malty and slightly spiced aroma. Big malt flavor with a mellow blend of spice and phenols. The spicyness is more from the alcohol and phenolics then any added ingredient. Somewhat sweet-more so then necessary. Good body. Overall a very nice beer. Not as much "belgian" characteristics as I was expecting but a damn good beer none the less.

lackenhauser, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive enough on the pour, with a clear, dark cherrywood color and a small amount of quickly-fleeting head. The smell is in-your-face strong and sweet but nonetheless nuanced a bit by dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. In the taste, though, the strong vs. nuanced battle is tipped decidedly toward the strong. Very sweet and alcoholic in the way that cough syrup is. I think there was some spice trying to work its way in, but I couldn't drink more than a couple swallows of this. I like hefty Belgian ales, but this one doesn't work for me. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, but I don't want this taste to linger. Rare is the time I pour any beer down the drain, but I quickly fled this one in favor of a better example of the style.

BitteBier, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

IntriqKen, May 30, 2007
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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